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  • Binge Eating Disorder
    Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with an eating disorder called binge eating disorder.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started
    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from latch-on to let-down.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often
    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from how often to nurse your baby each day to how to tell if your little one is eating enough.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Out and About
    Here are answers to some common questions about going out in public as a breastfeeding mom - from how to do it discreetly to taming sneaky leaks.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort
    Here are answers to some common questions about preventing and reducing breastfeeding discomfort, such as nipple and breast pain.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pumping
    Here are answers to some common questions about pumping your breast milk - from buying a pump to making the process a little easier.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk
    Here are answers to some common questions about how to keep breast milk and how to clean and sterilize supplies, from bottles to nipples to breast pump parts.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Sleep - Yours and Your Baby's
    Here are answers to some common questions about breastfed babies and sleep - from where they should snooze to when they'll finally start sleeping through the night.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Solids and Supplementing
    Here are answers to some common supplemental feeding questions - from when to introduce solids to offering breastfed babies formula.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns
    Here are answers to some questions about common breastfeeding concerns - from biting to spitting up.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Supply and Demand
    Here are answers to some common questions about your milk supply - from having too much to having too little.
  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Your Eating and Drinking Habits
    Here are answers to some common questions about what breastfeeding mothers should and shouldn't eat and drink.
  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
    Making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one. There are some points to consider to help you decide which option is best for you and your baby.
  • Caffeine and Your Child
    Caffeine is in many foods and drinks, but it's wise to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially in younger kids.
  • Calcium and Your Child
    Milk and other calcium-rich foods help build strong, healthy bones. But more than 85% of girls and 60% of boys don't get enough calcium each day.
  • Carbohydrates, Sugar, and Your Child
    Even though they've been blamed for the obesity epidemic in America, carbohydrates are a necessary part of a healthy diet for both kids and adults.
  • Egg Allergy
    Because eggs are used in many of the foods kids eat, an egg allergy can pose many challenges for parents.
  • Fats and Your Child
    Fats have been wrongly accused of being "bad." But certain kinds of fat are actually good for us and are an important part of a healthy diet.
  • Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
    Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
  • Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-Old
    Whether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.
  • Feeding Your 4- to 7-Month-Old
    At this age, chances are your baby is ready to try a few solid foods.
  • Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
    At about 8 months old, babies start to explore table foods.
  • Feeding Your Newborn
    How you feed your newborn is the first nutrition decision you will make for your child. Take a closer look at these guidelines for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding so you can make an informed choice.
  • Fiber and Your Child
    Many appetizing foods are also good sources of fiber - from fruits to whole-grain cereals. Here are ways to help kids get more fiber in their everyday diets.
  • Fluoride and Water
    Keeping kids' teeth healthy requires more than just daily brushing. Learn about fluoride, a substance found naturally in water that plays an important role in healthy teeth.
  • Food Allergies
    Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it's important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Getting Started
    Shopping for formula-feeding supplies can be downright intimidating, especially at first. Here are answers to some common questions about formula feeding.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often
    Get answers to some common formula-feeding inquiries, from how much newborns eat to what their diapers might look like.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Preparation and Storage
    Check out these formula-feeding bottle basics, from how to mix bottles to how to store them safely.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns
    Read about how to manage common formula-feeding concerns, from spitting up and fussiness to gas and milk allergies.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Starting Solids and Milk
    Find answers to common inquiries about introducing solids and whole milk to formula-fed babies.
  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Supplementing
    Read about how to supplement breast milk with formula, or how and when to give the first bottle of formula to a breastfed baby.
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
    Even people who have plenty to eat may be malnourished if they don't eat food that provides the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Iron and Your Child
    Iron is an essential nutrient that is needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disorder that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger symptoms, as can emotional stress, infections, and physical trauma.
  • Nut and Peanut Allergy
    If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it's essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.
  • Weaning Your Child
    Weaning is when babies make the transition from breast milk to other sources of nourishment. Here's how to make this change easier on your child and you.
 

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